Subscriber Glenn Bryson wrote me a couple emails this week about problems he was having when trying to uninstall McAfee software.
Terry, thanks for your computer protection recommendations. I now have NOD32 and Spyware V2 on my home computer and really like it. I have uninstalled Norton and McAfee, but I still see the McAfee red logo at times. It also has a popup that asks me to investigate some of its software. QUESTION — How do I completely eliminate McAfee from my machine? I hear it is not easy. Thanks again, Glenn
Followed by a second message
Terry, I also have the Sunbelt Firewall and CounterSpy. Forgot them in by last e-mail to you thanking you for all your help. I’ve shown your recommendations to the IS people in this company and they were in agreement with you. Thanks again,Glenn
I wrote back to say:
That’s great! I hoped you meant CounterSpy v2 in the initial message and not "Spyware " – haven’t heard of that one but I’d be leery — so when you mentioned CounterSpy in the second email, I felt better.
Getting rid of McAfee — Look in Add-remove Programs for another McAfee entry. If they’re like Norton, they put several entries in the list.
If you don’t solve it that way, load WinPatrol ( www.winpatrol.com , free) — and look at its Startup Programs tab, its Delayed Start tab and finally its Services tab.
Items on the Startup Programs tab can be Disabled without removing (just in case).
Items on the Delayed Startup tab can be moved to the Startup Programs tab so you can disable them. Right-click on the item and move it. BTW, the purpose of this tab is so that you can boot faster, yet still automatically start things that you might want running during your session but don’t require immediately (e.g., my PDA’s Hotsync utility).
Items in Services can be changed from Automatic to Manual (which really means "if another program calls for this program, then start this program") or Disabled.
Hope this helps you solve the mystery…